Orthodontics in Atlanta, GA
iClear Orthodontics uses the latest technology to give patients of all ages something to smile about… straighter teeth and better oral health. But, for board-certified orthodontists Dr. Ruchir Patel and Dr. Kal Thakkar, leaders of iClear Orthodontics located in Alpharetta, Roswell, and Kennesaw, orthodontia is much more than moving teeth and bites. It’s about making a difference in patients’ lives. It’s about having a personal relationship with patients. It’s about having a warm, friendly atmosphere where patients feel just as comfortable chatting it up with the office staff as they do getting their braces adjusted.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that corrects improper positioning of the teeth, bite, and jaw. Orthodontics can be used to resolve dental health issues, such as crooked teeth, crowded teeth or jaw misalignment. Orthodontics can also be used solely for cosmetic purposes.
Orthodontic treatment is designed to improve:
- Crooked teeth
- Bite issues (overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite)
- Tooth erosion
- Gaps between teeth
- Misalignment of the teeth and jaw that cause problems with speaking and eating
Like dentists, orthodontists attend a four-year university and complete a four-year doctoral program in dentistry. Orthodontists are required to complete an additional two to three-year residency in orthodontics giving them extensive training in their area of expertise.
An attractive smile does more than make you look good. A straight, confident smile boosts your overall health. Orthodontia aligns your teeth and bite to make brushing and flossing easier, as well as prevent cavities and gum disease, which is more important than most people realize. Links have actually been identified between poor oral health and other types of health problems. For example, bacteria in your mouth could be associated with heart disease and neurological issues. Orthodontics can also correct misaligned jaws that cause headaches and pain. While orthodontic treatment typically lasts from one to three years, the benefits of orthodontia can last a lifetime.
Types of Orthodontia
When people hear the word “orthodontia”, they typically envision metal braces. Although metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic appliances discussed and used, more orthodontic options are available today than ever before. iClear Orthodontics offers:
- Braces for Adults
- Braces for Kids
- Braces for Teens
- Metal Braces
- Ceramic Braces
- Lingual Braces
- Spacers for Braces
- Colored Braces
- Damon® Braces
- Preventative Braces
As well as information regarding:
- Cost of Braces
- Braces FAQ
- Cost of Invisalign®
- Invisalign® FAQ
- Invisalign® vs. Braces
- Retainer Instructions
How Do I Know If Orthodontic Treatment Is Necessary?
Patients schedule consultations at iClear Orthodontics for a wide variety of reasons. Referrals from general dentists, dissatisfaction with appearances and regression after previously having braces are just a few common reasons why patients seek treatment. If you think you or a family member needs orthodontic treatment, the best thing to do is schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ruchir Patel and Dr. Kal Thakkar.
Although you may not know exactly what treatment will be required, getting acquainted with different orthodontic conditions and appliances before your appointment will give you a general understanding of what may be in store.
How Much Do Orthodontic Treatments Cost in Atlanta?
Because every person’s teeth, bite, and jaw are unique, the cost of orthodontic treatment depends on each individual’s needs. Factors such as the severity of the misalignment, the type of appliances used and the length of the treatment all come into play. Knowing that financial circumstances vary, iClear Orthodontics keeps the cost of braces affordable. It is important to us that quality treatment is accessible to all, so a wide variety of payment and financing options are available to help keep orthodontic treatment budget-friendly.
Dental insurance sometimes covers a portion or the full cost of braces, so it is always a good idea to check your policy’s coverage. If you have Flexible Spending Account dollars available through your employer, your pre-tax dollars can be applied to the cost of braces.
iClear Orthodontics offers interest-free in-house financing which divides the total cost of treatment into reasonable monthly payments for the duration of your treatment.
Options also exist to extend payments beyond your treatment period. In addition to traditional credit cards, iClear Orthodontics accepts CareCredit® cards that extend financing up to 60 months with a reduced APR and fixed monthly payments.
Customizable OrthoFi is available to design a flexible payment plan. With OrthoFi, you are able to select the down payment and ongoing monthly payment amounts.
Who Can Benefit from Orthodontic Treatment?
If you visit iClear Orthodontics on any random day, you will see a mix of children, teenagers and adults in our chairs. Patients from seven to 70 who have a range of orthodontic issues, including crowding, gaps, bite issues, jaw pain and more benefit from treatment.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
During your initial consultation at iClear Orthodontics, you will meet Dr. Patel and Dr. Thakkar, along with the office staff. You will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns that you may have. Diagnostic X-rays will be taken, and a full examination will diagnose any issues with tooth, jaw or bite alignment. An appropriate treatment plan will be developed so you will be fully informed of any identified conditions and your options for treatment.
Consultations at iClear Orthodontics are complimentary. If you live in the Greater Atlanta area and would like an orthodontic evaluation for yourself or for a family member, contact Dr. Ruchir Patel and Dr. Kal Thakkar at one of our convenient offices located in Alpharetta, Roswell, and Kennesaw, Monday through Saturday.